Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — Teach For America announced today that 70 new teachers will teach in South Louisiana beginning this fall as part of the largest entering corps in the organization’s history. With the addition of these teachers, 150 corps members will be working in high-need public schools in South Louisiana this fall, collectively reaching close to 9,000 students.
“Teach For America recruits talented and dedicated individuals to serve as teachers in our most high-need schools,” said Sen. Mary Landrieu. “These enthusiastic young people are working hard in South Louisiana’s classrooms every day to put students on a path to educational and career success. I am thrilled that a new class of Teach For America teachers will be joining South Louisiana’s public schools this fall.”
Teach For America’s talent pool was the most competitive ever: Nearly 48,000 individuals applied, and 11 percent were accepted. Applicants included more than 100 graduating seniors from Louisiana State University and 20 graduating seniors from Southern University.
“We are thrilled to bring top talent from around the country to the Baton Rouge area,” said Michael Tipton, executive director of Teach For America in South Louisiana. “These 70 new teachers are poised to have a real impact on South Louisiana’s highest-need schools and students.”